Saints were beaten 3-2 by Northern League Premier Division side Stourbridge in a second qualifying round clash that exploded into life in the second period. Both teams went close in quick succession in a goalless first half at the Premier Plus Stadium. Saints keeper Mike Emery tipped a Kyle Perry effort onto a pot moment before Johnny Herd curled a free-kick into the side-netting at the other end. But it was a different story after the break with a spell of three goals in the opening six minutes of the second period. It was only 33 seconds old when Dion Sembie-Ferris raced onto a fine flick from Tom Meechan to break the deadlock, but Saints advantage proved to be short-lived. Stourbridge levelled within three minutes when Leon Broadhurst struck at a corner and the visitors were soon ahead from the penalty spot courtesy of Luke Benbow. Saints were far from happy with the decision of referee Rob Evans to point to the spot after he adjudged Liam McDevitt to have impeded Aris Christophorou. Another big call went against the hosts when Sembie-Ferris was sent tumbling on the edge of the box. Visiting defender Paul McCone was fortunate to escape with a caution rather than a red card. Stourbridge retained a full compliment of players and struck again with 14 minutes to go when substitute Josh Green fired past Emery after being picked out by a Benbow free-kick. Saints battled on and only the crossbar denied Tom Meechan before Jack Bradshaw did succeed in cutting their arrears with four minutes to go. But Clements men couldnt find another goal to avoid bowing out of the competition. We would have one eight out of 10 games with the performance we produced on Saturday, said the Saints boss. So were disappointed not to progress, but also proud of the attitude, manner and character of the players. There are still moments of naivety which we need to address and were also not hurting teams quite as much as we should when having large portions of good attacking. The dubious penalty obviously didnt help, but we have to be a little bit smarter at times. I trust this squad of players and know that will come. Im also sure that this defeat wont knock their confidence going forward. Thats just as well given Saints have another big home game tomorrow night (Tuesday). They entertain Biggleswade Town in a Southern League Premier Division derby clash, 7.45pm. Saints have lost just one of their last 10 league games.